Why Tesla’s Biggest Energy Project To Date Has Samsung Cells Inside

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As Tesla’s biggest energy project to date, the 129 Megawatt-hour grid-tied PowerPack array that Tesla has agreed to supply to the state of West Australia by the end of the year (or provide it completely free) has certainly grabbed headlines.

Some of those headlines have focused on Musk’s bold claim that the battery packs will be free if Tesla can’t supply them within one hundred days of singing the purchase contract. Others have focused on the technology required to make such a massive energy-storage system work seamlessly with the grid.

While the success or failure of Tesla to meet this tight deadline could have massive repercussions on the company’s future in the energy storage market, we learned this week that Tesla won’t be installing Tesla-made lithium-ion cells inside this monster PowerPack.

Instead it will be using battery cells provided by South Korean firm Samsung SDI.

But why is it doing so just months after starting battery cell production with its battery partner Panasonic at the Gigafactory just outside Reno, Nevada? And what does it mean for the future of Tesla’s energy storage products (and where those battery cells are sourced from?)

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  • Mark B. Spiegel

    “Tesla won’t be installing Tesla-made lithium-ion cells inside this monster PowerPack.”

    There’s no such thing as “Tesla-made cells.” The non-Samsung cells it uses are made by Panasonic (even the ones in the Gigafactory) which won’t even share its IP with Tesla.